Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
When Prince George started school this week, all eyes were on him. Kate Middleton was unable to take him to school as her third pregnancy is causing her acute morning sickness, but Prince William dropped his son off at Thomas’s Battersea, proving that the couple will stay true to their word after promising that they will personally be doing the school run.
Dressed in his new navy and red uniform, Prince George looked every bit as adorable as his father, Prince William, when he started school back in 1987.
But while the world was fawning over the Prince’s first day at school, what many didn’t realise was that George will actually be in the same class as another little royal.
Four-year-old Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marine Windsor will be in the same reception class as her distant cousin, George. She is the daughter of Lord Frederick and Lady Sophie Windsor, and much like the prince she was also dropped off by her father.
Her dad is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the first cousin twice removed to Queen Elizabeth II. And many will recognise Maud’s mother, Sophie. She is a well-known actress, best known for playing ‘Big Suze’ in Peep Show.
Despite the school now teaching two royals, Ben Thomas, principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, reiterated that the children would be treated like everyone else.
‘Our aim for [George], as well as for all of our pupils, is to provide a safe and secure and happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and loving community.
‘That’s all we will be trying to achieve for him. There won’t be any special treatment at all.
‘He is going to be focusing on his classroom. He will be introduced to his form teacher and his teaching assistant. It will be a very gentle introduction to the school… The emphasis will be on a very, very gentle start.’
After his son’s first day, Prince William said: ‘It went well. There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children so I was quite pleased I wasn’t the one.’